Tragic Event Compounded by BP’s Dispersant Use


Even among the hundreds and hundreds of dire oil-related health stories around the Gulf, what happened to Daniel Hudley stands out.

The 43-year-old Saraland resident charged into the oil-fouled ocean to try and save a 2-year-old girl, and now he’s sick from the pollution. The girl and another adult trying to rescue her both drowned – a tragic event by any measure.

In the context of the spill, the Hudley case will be interesting for many reasons, not the least of which is that his lawyers are openly scoffing at the BP claim that no dispersant was used in the inshore areas of Alabama and Mississippi.

“He ingested quite a bit of oil and, we believe a great deal of dispersant,” one of his lawyers told a reporter. “He’s in pretty bad shape…. He did not have this pain. He did not have these issues before.” As for dispersants, the Hudley team is among those of us who feel the truth will come out about how widespread the use actually was. “We feel comfortable we will be able to prove that in a court of law.”

“He has been told he is a guinea pig,” one attorney said. “No one knows how bad this will be.”

You can look for more of these cases amid mounting evidence that dispersants may have been much more widely used than we’ve been told so far.

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